Creativity Unlocked: Simple TRICK to Make Your Memory Keeping Layouts Pop! (With Video Tutorial)

by nathalie

Welcome to Creativity Unlocked, where we highlight a new product from each month's collection or a fan favorite from past collections!

05 19 2024 Creativity Unlocked Header ImageHi there! It's Nathalie with you today with a new idea to make your memory keeping layouts pop with the new Stencil Art: Charming Delight.

05 19 2024 Creativity Unlocked Projects Collage Stencil Art Charming Delight Add on Die Bundle

This new stencil subscription is pure magic as it helps you create beautiful and very detailed florals with just ink and your ink blending brushes.  It is just the perfect complement to the story of today's project.

@altenew_make your memory keeping layouts pop by Nathalie DeSousaI love how this page makes the story/picture and the florals pop nicely together. Let's take a  closer look at why this layout works.

@altenew_make your memory keeping layouts pop by Nathalie DeSousaIt Starts with Color

Color is one of the best ways to make your memory keeping layouts pop. I chose to use the dominant color in the photo -blue- as the focal point for the page.

I created my Stencil Art Charming Delight die-cuts using Blue Mountains Fresh Dye Inks as it closely matched the colors in the photo, and complemented the blue shades with tones from the Forest Trails and Pocketful of Sunshine Fresh Dye Inks.

@altenew_make your memory keeping layouts pop by Nathalie DeSousaNegative Space Is a Must

One of the keys for making memory layouts pop is negative space. For my project, I chose to stay with a white but detailed background.

The base of my layout is white cardstock, however, I used the Mega Stamp Frames Die Set to add interest and texture to the page. All the white space on the page becomes my negative space as it brings the photo to a focal point.

@altenew_make your memory keeping layouts pop by Nathalie DeSousaTexture Adds Interest to Memory Keeping Layouts

Combining different textures is an easy way to make memory keeping layouts pop! I used the Honeycomb Daisies Cover Die to create panels for my frames.  I cut the panels from white cardstock, so that they bring interest without taking the focal point from the florals.

In addition, I built my title using the Fine Alphabet Die Set and Blue Crystals Glitter Gradient Cardstock set; these letters add an extra pop of color, texture and shine!

@altenew_make your memory keeping layouts pop by Nathalie DeSousaA Grid Design Is Always a Good Thing

One of the best ways to make your memory keeping layouts pop is to use a grid design for your page. The straight lines of the grid create the perfect placement for all your pieces.

Pro Tip! Create a visual triangle by placing your color pieces in the three vertices of the geometric shape.

I built my grid with the picture and frames on my page, then I placed my floral die-cuts so that they create an invisible “v” on the page.  This virtual triangle works as guide for the viewer as it creates a guide that runs through the entire page.

@altenew_make your memory keeping layouts pop by Nathalie DeSousa

Video Tutorial: Simple Trick to Make Memory Keeping Layouts Pop

I have created a video showing you how this page comes together. You can watch the video by clicking the image below, or in HD on the Altenew YouTube channel:

Make your memory keeping layouts pop with this simple trick

I hope this inspires you to make your memory keeping layouts pop. Remember that you can always use the ideas shown here in other crafty projects, too. You might be amazed at how these design ideas can make all your projects true masterpieces!

Have you joined the May 2024 Inspiration Challenge? I'm hosting it this month and I'd LOVE to see your take on the inspiration I provided. JOIN HERE.


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Lori Spitzer May 20, 2024 - 8:52 AM

Nathalie –
These are beautiful and this stencil set looks amazing. TFS –
Lori S in PA

Altenew May 21, 2024 - 6:59 PM

Thank you so much, Lori!


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